Today in Texas History (Part 2)

Texas: Arlington - Austin - Corpus Christi - Dallas - El Paso - Fort Worth - Houston - Lubbock - San Antonio - Waco, TX

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 208

1956-04-26 - First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
1956-08-30 - White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas
1957-06-27 - Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas
1957-11-02 - The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, and remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history.
1957-12-03 - 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
1958-08-21 - KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
1959-02-01 - Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
1960-08-18 - 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas
1961-05-08 - 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
1961-09-15 - Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
1963-08-13 - US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
35th US President John F. Kennedy35th US President John F. Kennedy 1963-11-21 - JFK flies to Texas
1963-11-22 - American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
1964-03-14 - Dallas, Texas; Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder
1966-08-01 - Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas
1966-09-15 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.
1967-09-05 - -23] Hurricane Beuleah, kills 54 in Caribbean, Mexico & Texas
1967-09-20 - Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38
1968-01-04 - Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
1968-04-06 - HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
1969-08-30 - 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson 1970-07-30 - -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida & Texas
1970-09-12 - Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
1971-10-24 - Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21
1972-08-11 - "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
1973-08-26 - University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
1974-09-07 - Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
1977-09-22 - Preston Jones' "Texas Trilogy" premieres in NYC
1978-02-14 - 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
1978-04-14 - WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
1979-02-24 - Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
1979-04-10 - Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
1979-07-25 - 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
1979-11-01 - Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
1980-08-04 - -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean
1981-01-28 - Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
1982-05-31 - "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 perfs
1982-07-05 - Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
1982-07-15 - Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via Dyess AFB, Texas
1982-07-24 - "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 perfs
1982-11-22 - Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB, Texas
1982-12-07 - In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
1983-08-17 - -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
1983-08-18 - Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
1983-08-19 - Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
1983-09-09 - Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, Texas
1983-11-12 - 4 die in a train crash in Marshall Texas
1985-03-23 - Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
1985-04-13 - Space Shuttle Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
1985-05-13 - Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
1985-07-30 - Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
1985-11-06 - Exploratory well in Ranger, Texas, blows out, spilling 150,000 bbl (24,000 m3) of crude oil
1986-02-24 - Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
1986-05-20 - Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
1987-02-17 - Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
1987-05-22 - 30 killed in a Texas tornado
1988-03-01 - Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
1988-07-16 - San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
1988-09-10 - -18] Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas & Yucatan
1989-02-28 - Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA
MLB Pitching Legend Nolan RyanMLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan 1991-05-01 - Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)
1991-10-16 - George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 & himself & wounds 20 in Texas
1993-02-28 - Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid
1993-03-01 - Authorities near Waco, Texas negotiate with Branch Davidians
1993-04-19 - After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)
1993-05-29 - Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm
1993-10-27 - Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
1994-06-25 - 111°F (43.9°C) at El Paso Texas
1994-06-26 - 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas
1994-07-03 - The deadliest day in Texas traffic history, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Forty six people were killed in crashes.
Texan Revolutionary Sam HoustonTexan Revolutionary Sam Houston 1994-10-22 - Statue of Sam Houston unveiled in Texas
1995-02-10 - Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
1995-12-31 - 62nd Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech beats Texas
1996-08-21 - Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
1996-09-15 - Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34
1996-09-28 - Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)
1996-09-29 - Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)
1997-05-02 - Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
1997-05-28 - Tornado in Jarrell Texas kills at least 28
1997-10-04 - Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
1998-01-14 - Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).
Singer-Songwriter Alanis MorissetteSinger-Songwriter Alanis Morissette 1998-02-03 - Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
1998-02-26 - Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen
1998-06-07 - James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.
1999-09-08 - US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"
1999-11-18 - In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses.
2000-03-27 - Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
Talk show host Oprah WinfreyTalk show host Oprah Winfrey 2000-12-13 - The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas later going on a crime spree and killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins
2000-12-24 - The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery.
2001-06-05 - Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
2002-10-31 - A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.
2003-05-12 - Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
2003-05-22 - In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
2003-06-26 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
2005-03-23 - A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers.
2005-06-01 - The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.
2005-09-24 - Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.
2007-04-20 - Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
2007-08-22 - The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
2008-04-04 - Raid on Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints owned YFZ Ranch in Texas; 401 children and 133 women taken into state custody

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 281

1938-04-10 - Don Meredith, Mount Vernon Texas, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football
1938-06-21 - Ron Ely, Hereford, Texas, American actor (Tarzan, Doc Savage)
1938-08-21 - Kenny Rogers, singer (Through the Years), born in Houston, Texas
1938-10-26 - Charles W Stenholm, (Rep-D-Texas, 1979- )
1938-11-06 - P J Proby, [James Marcus Smith], American rocker, born in Houston, Texas
1939-04-07 - Donald L Holmquest, Dallas Texas, astronaut
1939-05-18 - Glen Hardin, Texas, rocker (Crickets)
1939-05-27 - Don Williams, Floydada Texas, country singer (I Believe in You)
Country Singer Kenny RogersCountry Singer Kenny Rogers (1938-08-21) 1939-12-29 - Ed Bruce, Keiser Arkansas, country singer
1940-01-04 - Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
1940-05-19 - Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
1940-07-07 - Richard K Armey, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )
1940-07-19 - Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona)], El Paso Texas, singer (Let it Be Him)
1940-07-26 - Dobie Gray, Brookshire Texas, American singer (Drift Away)
1940-08-03 - Lance Alworth, NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
1940-08-19 - Johnny Nash, rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
1941-07-03 - Wylie Walker Vale, Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, born in Houston, Texas
1941-10-12 - Craig A Washington, (Rep-D-Texas)
1941-11-01 - Joe Louis Caldwell, Texas City, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1964)
1941-11-01 - Robert Foxworth, actor (Chase-Falcon Crest, Frankenstein), born in Houston, Texas
1941-11-06 - Doug Sahm, country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero), born in San Antonio, Texas
1942-01-21 - Mac Davis, Lubbock, Texas, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40)
1942-07-08 - Phil Gramm, (Sen-R Texas, 1985- )
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy RicheyTennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey (1942-08-23) 1942-08-23 - Nancy Richey Gunther, San Angelo Texas, tennis player (US Doubles 1965, 66)
1942-10-22 - Bobby Fuller, Baytown, Texas, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four)
1942-12-30 - Michael Nesmith, rocker (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville), born in Houston, Texas
1943-01-24 - Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas
1943-03-17 - Don Mitchell, actor (Mark-Ironside), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2013)
1943-04-06 - Susan Tolsky, actress (Madame's Place, Here Comes the Brides), born in Houston, Texas
1943-04-29 - Duane Allen, Taylortown Texas, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)
1943-07-16 - Jimmy Johnson, Port Arthur Texas, NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins)
NFL Head Coach Jimmy JohnsonNFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson (1943-07-16) 1943-07-22 - Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator from Texas
1943-09-03 - Valerie Perrine, Galveston, Texas, American actress and model (Steam Bath, Superman, Lenny)
1943-09-19 - Joe Morgan, Bonham, Texas, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds)/commentator (ESPN)
1944-03-07 - Townes Van Zandt, Texas, singer/songwriter (Kathleen, Loretta), (d. 1997)
1944-08-15 - Linda Ellerbee, Bryan Texas, newscaster (Weekend, NBC Overnight)
1944-08-27 - G W Bailey, Port Arthur, Texas, American actor (Police Academy, The Closer)
1944-11-26 - Jean Terrell, Texas, rocker (Supremes)
1945-05-30 - Meredith MacRae, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons), born in Houston, Texas
1945-10-02 - Frank Tejeda, (Rep-D-Texas)
1945-10-09 - Jeannie C Riley, Texas, singer (Harper Valley PTA, Hee Haw)
1945-10-26 - Jaclyn Smith, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Bourne Identity), born in Houston, Texas
1945-11-16 - Steve Railsback, Dallas, Texas, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000)
1946-04-01 - William Frederick Fisher, Dallas Texas, MD/astronaut (STS 51-I)
43rd US President George W. Bush43rd US President George W. Bush (1946-07-06) 1946-07-06 - George W. Bush Jr, New Haven, Connecticut, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09) and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) (R-TX)
1946-08-15 - Kathryn Jean Whitmire, (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
1946-09-02 - Billy Preston, American soul musician/singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), born in Houston, Texas
1947-01-31 - Nolan Ryan, Refugio Texas, MLB pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)
1947-02-02 - Farrah Fawcett, Texas, actress (Charley's Angels, Burning Bed)
1947-04-08 - Tom DeLay, Laredo, Texas, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006)
1947-10-17 - Gene Green, (Rep-D-Texas)
1947-11-19 - Lamar Smith, (Rep-R-Texas)
1948-02-08 - Dan Seals, McCamey Texas, country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me)
Actress Farrah FawcettActress Farrah Fawcett (1947-02-02) 1948-06-19 - Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
1948-07-12 - Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], Kermit, Texas, American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown)
1948-12-06 - JoBeth Williams, actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas
1948-12-25 - Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas
1949-01-10 - George Foreman, Marshall Texas, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95)
1949-01-10 - Teresa Graves, actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love), born in Houston, Texas
1949-02-02 - Brent Spiner, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation), born in Houston, Texas
Boxing Champ George ForemanBoxing Champ George Foreman (1949-01-10) 1949-06-11 - Frank Beard, Frankston Texas, US country rock drummer (ZZ Top)
1949-07-07 - Shelley Duvall, actress (Popeye, Faery Tale Theater), born in Houston, Texas
1949-09-15 - Joe Barton, Waco Texas, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives since 1985)
1949-12-02 - Ron Raines, Teax City, Texas, actor (Guiding Light)
1949-12-16 - Billy Gibbons, jazz/rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
1950-01-16 - Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
1950-03-04 - Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
1950-04-09 - Kenneth D Cockrell, Austin Texas, Astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80)
1950-08-07 - Rodney Crowell, country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
Actress Shelley DuvallActress Shelley Duvall (1949-07-07) 1950-10-01 - Randy Quaid, actor (Midnight Express, Vacation, Saturday Night Live), born in Houston, Texas
1951-05-03 - Christopher Cross, [Geppert], Texas, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme)
1951-05-03 - Chris Cross, American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme"), born in San Antonio, Texas
1951-06-13 - Mike Weaver, Gatesville Texas, WBA World Heavyweight Champion
1951-09-04 - Judith Ivey, El Paso Texas, actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again)
1951-09-08 - Randy T Odle, Port Arthur Texas, astronaut
1951-11-24 - Chet Edwards, (Rep-D-Texas)
1952-02-27 - Dwight Elmo Jones, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972), born in Houston, Texas
1952-04-01 - Annette O'Toole, actress (Cat People, Superman III), born in Houston, Texas
WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike WeaverWBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver (1951-06-13) 1952-05-18 - George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
1952-08-18 - Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas
1953-11-03 - Kate Capshaw [Nail], Fort Worth, Texas, American actress (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
1953-12-06 - Gina Hecht, actress (Melanie-Hizzoner, Mork & Mindy), born in Houston, Texas
1954-04-09 - Dennis Quaid, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff), born in Houston, Texas
1954-10-03 - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dallas TX, guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood)
1954-11-06 - Catherine Crier, Dallas, Texas, American journalist and author (The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game)
1955-05-10 - Mark David Chapman, Forth Work Texas, assassin (John Lennon)
Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray VaughanMusician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-10-03) 1955-10-25 - Danny Darwin, Bonham Texas, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
1956-01-21 - Robby Benson, Dallas, Texas, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen)
1956-05-27 - Lisa Niemi, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies), born in Houston, Texas
1956-06-01 - Lisa Hartman Black, singer/actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
1956-06-26 - Bernard A Harris Jr, Temple Texas, MD/Astronaut (STS 55, 63)
1956-11-15 - Ashley Cox, Dallas Texas, playmate (December, 1977)
1956-12-21 - Lee Roy Parnell, Abilene Texas, country singer (Oughta be a Law)
1957-05-13 - Eloise Broady, playmate (Apr, 1988), born in Houston, Texas
1957-07-12 - Rick Douglas Husband, Amarillo Texas, USAF mjr/astronaut
1957-11-06 - Lori Singer, Corpus Christi Texas, actress (Fame, V, Footloose)
1958-12-23 - Joan Severance, actress (Hear No Evil, See No Evil), born in Houston, Texas
1959-11-28 - R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
1960-02-03 - B J Jefferson, American actress (Ronnie Laurance-Another World), born in Dallas Texas
1960-02-29 - Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)

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